(“The Fallen Woman”) did a complete 180, although some still questioned its morality. Verdi’s now-classic story of the courtesan Violetta, who falls in love with Alfredo but gives him up when his father demands it, has it all: love, devotion and bad choices galore. Tenor Dimitri Pittas (Elixir of Love
) is back in Houston to sing his first Alfredo role in eight years. “[Alfredo] is a love-struck romantic who ultimately loses the love of his life because he doesn’t follow his heart,” says Pittas. As sad as that is, he adds, “the music is sublime.”
2 p.m. Sunday. Continuing 7 p.m. October 20; 7:30 p.m. October 28, November 1, 3 and 11; 2 p.m. November 5. October 20 through November 11. Resilience Hall, George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas. Sung in Italian with English projections. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org
. $18 to $269.50.
It was a complete failure when it first opened in Venice in 1853. By several accounts, audience members didn’t think the lead singer was suited for the role of the consumptive Violetta and weren’t too fond of some of the other singers’ performances. It was revised and taken to other cities, and the fortunes of